With cloud computing continuing its upward trend, more businesses are adopting hybrid cloud strategies — sort of a best of both worlds answer to data center challenges. According to a survey by RightScale, 82 percent of 930 IT professionals polled reported having a hybrid cloud strategy — up from 74 percent in 2014.
Additionally, they’re using a combination of private and public options — 63 percent using private and 88 percent using public. However, cloud options still make up a small percentage of operations, with 68 percent of the enterprises reporting that less than a fifth of their application portfolios are run in the cloud. Many also reported that portfolios are built with cloud-friendly architectures.
When weighing a move to the cloud, you also may find a hybrid option the best route for your business. Here are some things to consider when seeking a hybrid cloud solution, which enables you to continue to operate with your existing operations while moving other data to the cloud.
Here are some factors to take into consideration when implementing a hybrid cloud strategy:
1. Size up your existing infrastructure. Determine which business functions should remain on your company’s infrastructure and which are likely candidates to move to the cloud. More sensitive information, such as employees’ personal information, could be likely candidates for keeping on the premises while other data could be shifted to the cloud.
2. Analyze your budget. As your company’s data needs expanded, you may be weighing your options to expand by building out a facility and purchasing equipment vs. outsourcing some of that extra capacity. To avoid the capital investment involved in building out your own facility, a cloud services provider can provide more cost-effective solutions.
3. Determine your need for flexibility. Moving to a solution that integrates the cloud provides you the ability to scale as needed — a major win for companies that find that their business and data needs fluctuate.
A hybrid cloud solution could be the answer to addressing issues ranging from aging infrastructure to an increased need to house data. Equipping your company with a viable solution through a hybrid cloud strategy could put you on the path for growth without the expenses related to on-premise solutions.